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To the electronic home of the National Butterfly Association, and the sailboat it represents, the Butterfly. On this site you will find information on the Butterfly sailboat and the class Association, including historical records, recent class news, upcoming National Events, Results, Boats and Parts Wanted and For Sale in the Exchange, and details on the boat itself including builder information and parts prices.
Two different boats from the same photo. Why do they look different?
What do you think this is?
For the first month of 2015, we have had the wrong dates, in June, posted
on the Events page for
Glen Lake 2014- and the top two make it three years in a row!
The 2014 Open and Junior Nationals are now in the books, with the Open fleet making a historical first, with same top two for three years in a row; Colorado's Jim Young in 1st and Spring Lake's Frank Reeg in 2nd. Chasing them were Glen Lake local Jackson Hamilton in 3rd, one to the top sailors from the class in the 70's, Stu Meecham from Illinois in 4th, and Torch Lake junior Wade Lorimer in 5th. Women's Champ was Sara Reid.
In the Junior Nationals, Grand Rapid's Ben Finkelstein came in on top of the 4 race series, followed by Noah Walters (Spring Lake) and Wade Lorimer. Youngest Skipper and the Teddy Knape Memorial for top results in the Juniors for a sailor under 12, went to Jenna Wynsma from Grand Rapids.
Glen Lake continues to be one of the favorites of the class, beautiful water surrounded by the Sleeping Bear sand dunes, plus the nearby town of Glen Arbor, the capital of the Cherry Republic! This year, the weather had the opportunity to change that - but after a really cold and drippy Tune Up race on Tuesday, the weather impoved quickly. Wednesday was light air and big shifts, with a few puffs hinting at more that never came in. Thursday was more classic Glen, light to nothing easterly 'sucker' winds until the faithful thermal came in shortly after 1 pm, allowing each fleet two races in better winds, that picked up all afternoon. The Open fleet went planing back to the beaches after the last race ended, just before 5 pm.
Cruise on over to the regatta web site for complete results. (photo above of a junior start at the 2010 Junior Nationals on Glen Lake).
All you need to know is at the regatta web site, www.regattanetwork.com/event/8365
In class news, Patrick Reeg (Spring Lake) succeeds Dan Lorimer as class Commodore, and will organize the 2015 Open/Junior Nationals at Spring Lake in mid-July.
2014 Singles Champ: Doug Peckover, again!
Doug Peckover, a former Laser World Masters Champion from Dallas who is still active on the Laser World circuit, and many-time Butterfly champion and former Olympic coach Jim Young, down from his mountain home in Colorado, did battle at Long Lake in Wisconsin over two days of light, shifty conditions, seemingly without regard for the other 17 boats on the water. It didn't matter where they were early, or even in the middle of the race, in the end they were in front. Doug won 3 races and scored 2 2nds for 7 points, Jim had 2 bullets to go with 2 2nds and a 3rd for 9 points, while their final race, final leg luffing match let Joe Terry from Port Edwards WI sneak past for the other race win. In third was Long Lake regatta organizer Rob Jossert with 24 pts, 4th was Lake du Bay, WI sailor Dennis Gamble with 26 pts, and 5th with 27 pts went to one of the late 70's-early 80's big guns in the class, Stu Meecham from Champaign, IL, in his first Butterfly regatta in 30 years.
Local Cherrie Catlin took home the Womens trophy in 7th overall, and still-lightweight Hank Sims from Lake du Bay, who won a Singles race two years ago, took Top Junior in 10th - and his family won the new sail that was the Big Prize on Bingo Night!
Winds were Long Lake normal, meaning nasty shifts and phantom puffs. Young, who also won the Tune-Up on Friday, had two horizon jobs on the fleet, in the first and 5th races, while Doug got away for one easy victory. Twice the two were burried mid-fleet at the half-way point, and each time they continued their own private battle while sailing past the rest of the fleet to finish in the top 3.
The regatta stands out for the food - each food event was hosted at a local family house on the lake, and the quality and quantity of food for breakfasts, dinners, and the final day pre-awards lunch was simply beyond outstanding. A huge thanks to the organizer and all those families for setting a standard that will be hard to beat.
Yesterday, and Tomorrow
We have started a long project, scanning in old printed editions of the class newsletter, The Butterflyer. We will make them available here as we get them done, and gradually add them to the History section of the web site, so everyone can see what has happened in the long life of this fun boat.
The first 6 years are now up! These are all pdf files, so you will need Adobe Reader - and they are all multipage files, so expect them to take a bit to upload;
This is the Study Edition of Racing Rules of Sailing - ISAF edition - click the title above, and learn what the Rules really say.
An animated guide to tying all the knots you'll ever need on a sailboat. Fun learning tool.
Does anyone have news about some of the early pioneers of the class? News clippings from early events? We'd like to hear about it, send an email to the Butterflyer.
The Butterfly sailboat is one of the originators of the "one-design" sailing concept. In existence since 1962, the class is virtually unchanged, with only updates to hardware and fittings with new materials plus refinements and innovations in the internal structure to make a stronger, longer-lasting boat. Over 10,000 boats have been built since then, with the boat finding its way to cottages as a vacation boat, at home as a family recreation boat, in yacht club programs as a very successful junior training boat, and in racing, where the class has men, women, youth to masters, all competing together equally on a boat where the biggest single difference is the sailor.
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